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#21 Huge Ackman

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:58 AM

View PostMika, on 27 August 2013 - 08:58 PM, said:

I didn't know you took this photo! I'm not sure where I've stumbled across it before, but it's one of my faves! :)

Also, I appreciate your ongoing photographic contributions - you always have awesome photos to share! :cheers:

My pleasure to share.  Becoming a "photographer" happened quite by accident and began when I borrowed this camera from a friend for the 2007 Shoreline show (the Alex photo was taken with this cam at that show).  I was so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the resulting photos the I had captured, I asked to hold onto the camera and eventually was gifted the Canon to keep for good.  It's now a staple for all my concert going and I've gotten some great shots at nearly all of the shows I've attended over the years.... one notable exception was Living Colour when they played in San Fran.  For some reason, I left the camera at home and ended up standing against the stage in the frontest front row for one of the great rockin' shows of all time!  Oh well... I am glad you enjoy the photos I post.  It's fun to be able to share.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:08 AM

@Huge- Great photos, I especially love that last one! :clap:

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 11:55 AM

Nikon D4 + Nikor 70-200 f2.8 lens ....... Will post a couple of pics later

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:01 PM

A few non-Rush shots from my Canon PowerShot G7...

Devo - Are We Not Men?, San Fran, CA, 2009
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Adrian Belew - Phoenix Theater, Petaluma, CA, 2009
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Al Jarreau with George Duke - Rodney Strong Vineyard, Healdsburg, CA, 2012
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Ted Nugent - Pine Knob, MI, 2013
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Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Bridge School Benefit Concert, Shoreline, CA, 2012 (post show)
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Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 12:21 PM

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:15 PM

View PostWartypig, on 28 August 2013 - 11:55 AM, said:

Nikon D4 + Nikor 70-200 f2.8 lens ....... Will post a couple of pics later

Would love to know how you smuggled that kind of gear into a Rush concert...even in the UK.

I have all Canon gear:  5D and professional L glass ranging from 17mm to 200mm.  Would LOVE to have a chance to actually use that for a good concert...'tis but a pipe dream.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:32 PM

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View PostWartypig, on 28 August 2013 - 11:55 AM, said:

Nikon D4 + Nikor 70-200 f2.8 lens ....... Will post a couple of pics later

Would love to know how you smuggled that kind of gear into a Rush concert...even in the UK.

I have all Canon gear:  5D and professional L glass ranging from 17mm to 200mm.  Would LOVE to have a chance to actually use that for a good concert...'tis but a pipe dream.

Had to have a photo pass. The D4 is the same size as the 1 series bodies. You just don't smuggle a body and lens that size. Besides that, I wouldn't take the chance of missing a concert because I got caught trying to get it in and had to sit in the car protecting my gear.

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:54 PM

I did have a pass , for the last two tours :)

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 05:30 PM

How do you go about obtaining a photo pass?

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:38 AM

OK, I figured as much, but you never know with some people.  LOL

Yes, how do you get a photo pass?

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:56 AM

View Postjohndyar, on 28 August 2013 - 03:32 PM, said:

View PostAmy Farrah Fowler, on 28 August 2013 - 03:15 PM, said:

View PostWartypig, on 28 August 2013 - 11:55 AM, said:

Nikon D4 + Nikor 70-200 f2.8 lens ....... Will post a couple of pics later

Would love to know how you smuggled that kind of gear into a Rush concert...even in the UK.

I have all Canon gear:  5D and professional L glass ranging from 17mm to 200mm.  Would LOVE to have a chance to actually use that for a good concert...'tis but a pipe dream.

Had to have a photo pass. The D4 is the same size as the 1 series bodies. You just don't smuggle a body and lens that size. Besides that, I wouldn't take the chance of missing a concert because I got caught trying to get it in and had to sit in the car protecting my gear.

It is possible to "smuggle" in HUGE lenses and camera gear without a press pass.  The guy next to me (actually, he bought my extra ticket, so was right next to me) at Red Rocks in Aug., 2010, had his super-nice SLR with monster lenses just tucked into his cargo shorts and walked right in.  He looked like MC Hammer with bulging dance pants but he just came on in with all of his pro gear and snapped away all night from row 19.  I saw some of the photos just after the show but lost track of them and the guy.  It's not easy but it is possible...

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:00 AM

I'd never risk sneaking my dslr into a gig ..... As for passes , start small , and build up trust and contacts ... Takes a while , but it's worth the effort .

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:32 PM

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:41 PM

Great images. The light in the second shot is great.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:27 AM

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Great photos! And who's the female guitarist? That's a great shot.

And I couldn't bring myself to delete Geddy and Alex, so I had to leave them here in the quote! :)

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:30 AM

View PostWartypig, on 29 August 2013 - 10:00 AM, said:

I'd never risk sneaking my dslr into a gig ..... As for passes , start small , and build up trust and contacts ... Takes a while , but it's worth the effort .

Gosh, I would love to be able to be a photographer at a concert. Not that I'm anywhere near professional level, but it would be so much fun if that was my job. Well, actually, now that I think about it, I like taking photos at Rush concerts. I've been so deprived of other shows, I'm not sure if the photography allure is with Rush (because Geddy's so cute) or because I like having a camera stuck to my hands....

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 07:52 AM

Cheers for the comments ... The young lady is Joanne Shaw Taylor ... Superb blues guitarist with a live album out soon .

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 10:00 AM

Umm…my iPhone.  Yeah…

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 08:38 PM

View PostDisk98, on 30 August 2013 - 10:00 AM, said:

Umm…my iPhone.  Yeah…

Yeah, I've been real successful with my IPhone  ;) ...most pics are so blurry and distorted I can't make out what I was trying to capture!   :banghead:   So much for rocking out to :rush: and trying to get good pics of the guys at the same time!  I'll substitute my phone for computer here... :fuckinputer: Huge though always manages to take great pics!!.... :notworthy:





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